Tuesday, September 13, 2011

иди и смотри

One of the most widely acclaimed Soviet films ever made and possibly the most unsettling of all anti-war movies, иди и смотри (Come and See) follows a boy in his early teens as he struggles to survive the Nazi occupation of Soviet Byelorussia. Elem Klimov uses a disturbingly effective combination of unrelenting brutality and gut wrenching realism to force the viewer into an uncomfortable examination of the hopeless nature not only of war, but of life itself. It is not at all surprising that Come and See was the final film made by Klimov, as the horrors shown in the film and those that would have come with research done before filming would seemingly be enough to drive any soft hearted person into a deep depression.

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